Complete guide to having a Korat cat as a pet
Not only is the Korat cat one of the most famous breeds of cat, but it is also one of the oldest pure breeds found today. Its origin is not certain, but it is widely accepted that it came from Thailand, where it was thought to be a symbol of good luck. A pair of Korats was very often given to a bride on her wedding day, symbolizing wealth, good health and good luck. Even today, it is the tradition that Korats, either as a pair or singly, should be given as a gift and not purchased for oneself. It’s not known for sure for when the breed became domesticated, but it could have been as early as the 14th century.
The appearance of the Korat
Korat is a very beautiful breed of cat with a distinctive appearance. A kitten is often born with a silver-blue coat, maturing to the usual silver-grey. These cats fall into the small to medium size category, usually 6 to 10 lbs in weight. One of the most iconic and prominent features is the Korat’s amazing green/golden eyes. Sometimes they can even appear luminous! The head of a Korat is almost round and they have large and beautiful ears.
Common medical issues with the Korat cat
Lack of care can lead to severe health conditions. Before you become the proud owner of a Korat you should be aware of the different diseases it is most prone to so that you can take the appropriate action before the disease gets more critical.
- Dental Disease: It is the most common chronic problem in pets. The problem initiallycomes from food residue which can lead to a serious infection in both teeth and gums. In severe cases your Korat can even lose teeth. Right from the start you should try to brush their teeth at least once or twice a week in order to avoid expensive veterinary bills.
- Vaccine-Preventable Infections: Like all other breeds of cat, the Korat canalsobecome the victim of harmful infections such as calicivirus, panleukopenia and other bacterial diseases. It is therefore essential that your pet should be protected with ‘core’ vaccines. These vaccines also prevent your cat from getting such diseases as FelV.
- Parasite Attack: Your cat can be under attack from different kinds of bugs and worms both internally and externally. Heartworms, hookworms, whipworms and roundworms can enter into their systems by drinking dirty water, which can often be a source of infection. A healthy environment, with clean bedding and plenty of clean water to drink will go a long way to keeping your pet healthy.
- Ears: The Korat has large, beautiful ears and is prone to get dirty. Particular attention should be paid to keeping their ears clean.
How should you look after your pet Korat?
The Korat is an energetic breed of cat which loves to be the boss of the house! They are affectionate to their owners and want to spend time with humans, preferring not to be alone. Moreover, not only will they enjoy your company, but will fit in well with children, dogs and other pets. In fact, in every way they are the ideal pet to have.
- Korat cats love exercise
Exercise is a very important factor in keeping your Korat happy and healthy. Fortunately, you will find them very enthusiastic about exercise and games. Here are some suggestions of how to keep them energetic and interested.
- Put them on a lead and take them for a walk.
- Provide them with toys. These cats are not good at sharing so provide them with plenty of toys.
- Being very intelligent, they love learning tricks and solving puzzles, so provide them with plenty of puzzles to keep them busy.
- Nutrition for your Korat
It is another very important factor in maintaining your Korat’s health. Therefore, you should pick suitable nutrients to keep them healthy and their coats glossy.
- Provide them with food which is rich in protein such as fish, meat and different by-products of meats. Their food must contain at least 25 to 30% protein. You should choose food according to their age group. When you provide meat, be sure that it has been well prepared and doesn’t have any fur on it.
- Be sure that they have the correct amount of food, as excessive amounts can lead to obesity and severe health problems. To maintain the ideal weight, a normal Korat requires 140 calories per day. So, be careful not to exceed this amount. If you are unsure, check with your veterinary practice.
- All breeds of cat will reward you by living a long healthy and life if you provide them with healthy food and a caring environment. Also, regular health checks with your vet will go a long way to keeping your pet fit.
- Grooming your Korat cat
Grooming is another important factor in keeping your pet fit. Grooming can also increase their lifespan.
- Brush your pet’s coat regularly and at least once a week. It will remove irritating dead hair. Unlike other breeds, the Korat has comparatively short hair, so it reduces the risk of matting or tangling. A bath is enough to remove dirt and keep it clean.
- As already mentioned, it is important to clean your cats ears regularly. The Korat has quite large ears so there is a higher chance of them becoming dirty. A careful swab with a soft ball of cotton wool dipped in tepid water should be sufficient.
- You should brush your Korat’s teeth regularly to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. To start with, your cat may resist, but after a few times it will get used to it.
- You should also trim their nails once or twice a month, although this might be difficult the first few tries! They will get used to it if you are gentle, but firm!
- The best nurturing environment for your Korat
Remember that your Korat loves to be with you and you will find them close to you whenever you are at home. So, ensure that they have plenty of companionship. If it isn’t possible to give them constant company, you should at least provide them with a comfortable environment.
- Climbing and jumping are essential for all cats, so try to purchase cat shelves.
- These cats love to play with toys and learn different puzzles. You should therefore ensure that you provide plenty of toys to keep them happy.
- Korat also loves the company of other pets. For their happiness you should provide them with the companionship of other pets.
How long does the Korat cat live?
The life of a Korat cat is generally longer than other breeds and is between 10 and 15 years. However, this time span can be increased by your good care of them by providing a balanced diet and a comfortable environment.